In order to celebrate hinah's first birthday and Christmas at the same time, Empty House Cooperative kindly gave us this improvisational concert at a restaurant. It's likely to destabilize the listeners, but it will also enable them to discover the fascinating music of this band using the surrounding noises as a new musical parameter.
- hinah http://www.hinah.com/catalog/?l=en&t=g&ref=hinahgift001
"I refer to these recordings as "dinner music" because we performed for people while they were eating dinner at a restaurant. The environment is quite noticeable, with the noise of a busy night in the background... glasses, plates, silverware, a squeaky door, and people talking...
Everybody has their own aesthetic about what makes music interesting. For some, the crowd noise might sound ugly and distracting. I feel that we were part of the dinner scene that night, and not necessarily the reason why people were there. For that reason, I can accept the background noise on the recordings as a part of the experience. Some were listening and enjoying, and some didn't seem to notice.
Hopefully, there was a soothing subconscious message in the music that quietly worked its way through to the attentive, a bit like telling dark secrets to a dog. The dog doesn't seem to care, but the person sharing the secrets feels better.
The solo violin piece is a quiet eulogy, made at my apartment in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 13th, 2001. I think I was imagining spirits rising when I played it."
- David Michael Curry
1 - Untitled #1 (DMC, Chris Brokaw, Thalia Zedek)
2 - Untitled #2 (DMC - guitar & loop, Thalia Zedek - clarinet)
3 - Untitled #3 (DMC - viola & loop, Thalia Zedek - clarinet)
4 - Untitled #4 (DMC - solo guitar & loops)
5 - Untitled #5 (DMC - loops & trumpet, Chris Brokaw - guitar)
6 - Happy Birthday (DMC & Chris Brokaw)
7 - Violets, January 10, 2001 (DMC, Chris Brokaw & Thalia Zedek)
8 - One Solo Violin Piece (DMC - solo violin, made on September 13, 2001)
- Music by Empty House Cooperative
- Recorded on January 10, 2001 at Middle East Restaurant, Central Square, Cambridge, MA, USA except "One Solo Violin Piece" recorded on September 13, 2001